TULSA, Okla. — In the first round of NCAA Championship singles action, Mike Redlicki lost 6-2, 6-2 to TCU’s No. 5 Cameron Norrie on Wednesday afternoon.
After splitting the first two games, Norrie broke Redlicki’s serve and then held his own to jump out to a 3-1 lead in the first set. The Horned Frogs’ sophomore added one more break in the first set and closed it out 6-2 on his own serve.
Three more breaks of serve allowed Norrie to gain a quick 5-0 lead in the second set. But with his back against the wall, Redlicki took his opponent’s service game for the first time in the match and then held his own to bring it within 5-2.
The Chicago native had another opportunity with Norrie serving at deuce, but a cross-court passing winner closed out the match. In all, the New Zealander was 5 for 13 on break points, compared to Redlicki’s 1 for 7 mark. The TCU netter also had a 9-3 edge over Redlicki in winners.
Norrie now moves on to the second round, where he will face the winner of Northwestern’s Sam Shropshire and UC Davis’ Alec Adamson on Thursday.
It was only Redlicki’s second loss in his last eight appearances, as the Arkansas lefty finished his 2016 spring season with a 15-6 singles record.
“Unfortunately I couldn’t manage the conditions as well as I wanted, and congrats to Norrie for playing better. I’m excited for my doubles match with Marco tomorrow.” — Redshirt junior Mike Redlicki
“We are very proud of Mike for having a great year. He brought a lot of success to himself and the Razorbacks this season.” — Head coach Andy Jackson
In the 32-pair NCAA Championship doubles draw, Giammarco Micolani and Redlicki will face the Wake Forest duo of Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim in the first round. The match will be played Thursday, but the time of first serve remains TBD.
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